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Richard Greenfield is the author of three books of poetry (detailed below). He began teaching at New Mexico State University in 2009, where he teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing, a program of NMSU’s Creative Media Institute. He also teaches undergraduate courses in creative writing in the English Department.

Recent courses have included classes on the sonnet form, surrealism, prose poetry, and contemporary poetics. From 2011-2013 he was the director of the creative writing program at NMSU. He is one of the founding editors of Apostrophe Books, a small press of poetry, which began publishing books in 2007, and he was editor in chief of Puerto del Sol from 2017-2022.

He has also been writer in residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Willipa Bay Artist in Residence, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Seoul Art Space Yeonhui.

In 2016, he was a Fulbright US Scholar Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2010, he was a Bates College Learning Associate.


Ph.D. English (Creative Writing), University of Denver

MFA Creative Writing (Poetry), University of Montana

BS Arts & Letters, Portland State University


Richard Greenfield is the author of Subterranean (Omnidawn Publishing 2018) (starred review Publishers Weekly), Tracer (Omnidawn Publishing 2009), and A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of California Press, 2003), which was named a Book Sense Top University Press pick. His work has been anthologized in Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry (Autumn House Press), The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Books), and most recently in Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean). Work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Conjunctions, the Academy of American PoetsZócalo Public SquareBoston Review, VOLT, Lana Turner, LIT, Five Fingers Review, and West Branch.

Selected Work Published Online:


“The Abuses, in Color” in Reading Between A & B

“A Carnage in the Lovetrees” in Reading Between A & B

“Done” in Verse Daily

“Eye Sink” on Poetry Daily

“Hither Come Hither” at The Academy of American Poets

“The Invention of Drawing” in Reading Between A & B

“Piece Together”: The Boston Review

“Rezone”: Cordite Poetry Review (Australia)

“Schema” : The Academy of American Poets

“The Session”: Cordite Poetry Review (Australia)

“T” in Reading Between A & B

“Wire Tap Therapy”: The Boston Review


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